Benefits to Catchin a "Wine" in the Dancehall

Top 5 Health Benefits of Catchin’ a “Wine” in the Dancehall

As far as researchers understand, dance has been a way for potential mates to be noticed. That especially rings true for the animal kingdom. From birds of paradise to spiders and insects, dance can separate the suitors from the spectators.

The reason for the development of dance among humans, however, is not as well comprehended. Evolutionists certainly attach to the theory that, just like our animal neighbors, dance has been a way to sift out the best mate for family rearing. Apart from the potentially long-term benefits of having your genes passed on to another generation, dancing has more short term health benefits as well, especially when referencing partner dancing.

The history of partner dancing in the Caribbean is colorful and varied but, arguably, the most popular of such is wining. This is where two individuals, usually a male and female who are attracted to one another, dance in rhythm while in constant contact with the hip area of each other’s bodies. Because of the very unique and seductive style of this type of dance, research has been able to shine some light on the effects this type of dance has on the human body.

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Consider these physiological responses your body has to wining.

  1. Raises the Beat: This type of dance will increase your heart rate and allowing your heart to pump faster in short periods will promote better heart health and more efficient blood circulation.
  2. Gets you High, Naturally: Dopamine is the chemical that mediates pleasure in the brain. It is released during pleasurable situations and stimulates one to seek out the pleasurable activity or occupation.
  3. Gives you a Chill Pill: The initial anticipation of a nice wine from an attractive person can be stressful, and in response, our bodies release a hormone called Cortisol. Cortisol stimulates gluconeogenesis (the formation of glucose) and activates anti-stress and anti-inflammatory pathways. (..allowing the ride to be smooth consuming..)
  4. Your senses get a Front Row Seat: Being that close during a wine allows your subconscious to get a better “view” at a potential love interest. Pheromone levels peaks, pupils may constrict or widen (depending on the level of attraction), supplemental touching may or may not ensue, breathing may become erratic, and other indicators our subconscious calculates in order to determine if that person will be worth an investment beyond the wine. (..harder to do when preeing from across a dark dancehall..)
  5. A Boost of Manly: For men (and women, minimally) , the hormone testosterone can peak up to 13 percent! This is the hormone that may help you woo a woman, improves cognitive ability, increases libido and improves erections (For men. But you knew that), strengthens bones, increases muscle mass, and decreases body fat.

So as you can see, there can be much to gain from giving a wine or two with that bloke or bird that you already had an eye on. (Research suggests that the same benefits detailed above cannot be had by dancing with partners of the same sex of where there is no physical attraction.)

What to look forward to at Rub-A-Dub ATL [Video]

Highlanda Sound and The Honorary Citizen present Rub-A-Dub ATL every 2nd Sunday.

Join this unique flavorful retro #reggae international celebration in Atlanta.

Join our mailing list and get tickets by visiting this link.

A portion of the proceeds from Rub-A-Dub ATL will be donated to help the poor orphans affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. Please visit https://goo.gl/Uyb2kF to purchase your tickets or purchase at WildPitch Music Hall.

A portion of the proceeds from Rub-A-Dub ATL will be donated to help the poor orphans affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. Please visit https://goo.gl/Uyb2kF to purchase your tickets or purchase at WildPitch Music Hall.

The reggae party soundtrack will be complemented by authentic Jamaican spices - Jerk Chicken to be exact. This Sunday come out early (8pm) to WildPitch Music Hall and treat yourself to Rub-A-Dub ATL

The reggae party soundtrack will be complemented by authentic Jamaican spices – Jerk Chicken to be exact. This Sunday come out early (8pm) to WildPitch Music Hall and treat yourself to Rub-A-Dub ATL.

For the next Rub-A-Dub ATL, warm up with a special - $5 cocktails featuring Wray & Nephew Overproof White Rum imported from Jamaica (available until 10pm). *Enjoy responsibly. https://goo.gl/Uyb2kF

For the next Rub-A-Dub ATL, warm up with a special – $5 cocktails featuring Wray & Nephew Overproof White Rum imported from Jamaica (available until 10pm). *Enjoy responsibly. https://goo.gl/Uyb2kF.

Sounds by: Highlanda Sound and DJ Passport   Guest DJ: John Wayne Movements   Free Jerk Chicken until 10pm provided by Webba's Jerk Hut    $3 Heineken, Guinness, and Red Stripe until 10pm   Doors open 8pm - Midnight   Ladies FREE until 9:30pm   General Admission $10 at the door / $5 in advance   **A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hurricane victims in Haiti**   Every second Sunday, join one of the most unique international monthly events in Atlanta and experience a flavorful retro reggae celebration,   WildPitch Music Hall

Sounds by: Highlanda Sound and DJ Passport Guest DJ: John Wayne Movements Free Jerk Chicken until 10pm provided by Webba’s Jerk Hut $3 Heineken, Guinness, and Red Stripe until 10pm Doors open 8pm – Midnight Ladies FREE until 9:30pm General Admission $10 at the door / $5 in advance **A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hurricane victims in Haiti** Every second Sunday, join one of the most unique international monthly events in Atlanta and experience a flavorful retro reggae celebration, WildPitch Music Hall

AUDIO: Aba Shaka and Highlanda Sound live DJ set in Atlanta (9.29.16)

I was honored to play a range of selections alongside Aba Shaka when Black Uhuru performed in ATL.

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Aba Shaka live alongside Highlanda Sound’s Kahlil Wonda (@ The Royal Peacock, September 2016, Atlanta, GA)

Hear the audio recorded that night, which includes my segment from later in the night, after the stage show.

Don’t miss out on ELECTRIC DANCEHALL Atlanta this Saturday 8.20.16

I’m pleased to announce the newest cocktail on the menu at WildPitch Music Hall is “The Highlanda,” featuring top shelf Jamaican rum.

And what better way to debut a new cocktail than with a drink special?  Order “The Highlanda” for just $5, all night at electric dancehall!

Cheers!!! “I’m drinking rum, and red bull..”

Here is a video recap of what to expect at #electricdancehall.

Here is a quick informational piece about Electric Dancehall from the official host, DREGGAE.

Here is the world famous DJ MARS sharing tips on getting into (and beating the line) for this highly anticipated inaugural special event.  Here’s a hint: get there early.

Now, if the wicked talented DJ Line-up and top rated dance music venue complete with a new patio and $5 Highlanda drink special aren’t enough to convince you, then check out this article to see why Mike Jordan, author at Thrillist, included Electric Dancehall in his “things to do in Atlanta this weekend” article.

Don’t miss your chance to grab your spot – the event’s filling up fast!

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ELECTRIC DANCEHALL ATLANTA IS AUGUST 20, 2016 AT THE ALL NEW WILDPITCH MUSIC HALL

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Headliners Include DJ Mars, Shane Talon, ĀGARD from NYC and More!

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The 1st ever Electric Dancehall Atlanta will take place at the newly refurbished WildPitch Music Hall, located at 255 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 10pm to 3am. The highly anticipated special event is set to be the premier gathering for the progressive Atlanta Caribbean music and EDM movements, bringing fans together in the downtown area for one night only. Advance tickets can be purchased for $20 at www.electricdancehallatlanta.eventbrite.com. Come be apart of what is sure to be an exciting evening of dancing and socializing.

Currently many songs on the Billboard Top 100 feature elements of Dancehall and other Afro-Caribbean genres. Artists like Drake, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, & Justin Bieber have used these same elements to connect with a larger audience. Electric Dancehall aims to present a new way that the world can party by compelling the audience to engage with their music in a more energetic way, forgo their musical or cultural affiliations for one night, and let the DJs cater to their inner dancing urge.

Headlining Electric Dancehall Atlanta will be DJ Mars, Shane Talon, ĀGARD, Highlanda Sound, and DJ Passport. The night will be hosted by the genre-bending Jamaican performer and songwriter, Dreggae.

A great melding of worlds is taking place in terms of musical exploration and production. We are excited about bringing together followers of different genres, doing away with perceived divisions, and merging music styles and culture together in a fresh, innovative way for an unforgettable experience,” says Electric Dancehall CoProducer Kahlil Wonda.

Special Event Details

Electric Dancehall Atlanta

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016

Time: 10:00 pm – 3 am EDT

Venue: WildPitch Music Hall

Address: 255 Trinity Ave., Atlanta, GA 30303

Admission: Varies (Purchase Link: https://goo.gl/2b6tbD)

Age restrictions: 21 and older

Information: Visit www.highlanda.net, or call 404.552.0492

 

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JAH9 KICKS OFF ‘YEAR OF 9’ (2 + 0 + 1 + 6) WORLD TOUR AND RELEASES 9MM VOL 2: PRE-ALBUM GROUNDINGS ON JAH9.COM

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Reggaeville Premieres 18-Track Mix, A Precursor to her Eagerly-Awaited Sophomore Album 9 (VP Records/Steam Chalice Records)

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Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer Jah9 starts her Year of 9 (2+0+1+6) World Tour, spanning North America, Europe and Africa. Her North American portion kicked off this Sat. July 23 at the Northwest World Reggae Fest in Portland and in Seattle on Sunday. Jul 24. The cross-continent run continues in Vancouver, Philadelphia, New York City, Rochester, Ithaca, Toronto and Denver and closes at Cali’s renowned Reggae On The River festival in Humboldt County. Europe and Africa dates follow. See full tour schedule below.

Today on the road, Jah9 drops 9mm Vol. 2: Pre-Album Groundings, a thought-provoking and intentional mix of originality and inspiration to gear up for her highly-anticipated sophomore album 9,  out 9/9 on VP Records/Steam Chalice Records and available for pre-order now.

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Download 9mm Vol 2: Pre-Album Groundings for free on Jah9.com: 
http://www.jah9.com/jah9-9mm-vol-2

Listen/post:
https://soundcloud.com/jah9online/sets/9mm-vol-two

 

With Jah9’s lioness lyrical dexterity and soulful rich production, her authentic spirit shines on Vol. 2. Her latest offering features original, never-before-heard music including “Unafraid” (a standout track from her upcoming album addressing child molestation) and pays homage to some of Jah9’s greatest influences, both spiritually and musically.

She incorporates empowering speeches from Haile Selassie I, Ra Un Nefer Amen & Drunvalo Melcheziek, encouraging her listeners not only to journey into higher levels of consciousness, but seek out information and knowledge. She also celebrates some of her most beloved musical inspirations with one-of-a-kind covers of Nina Simone’s “Misunderstood” Tracy Chapman’s “She’s Got A Ticket,” Ras Micheal’s “New Name,” Dennis Brown’s “Blood City” and an invigorating medley of Sizzla Kalonji.

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The 18-track selection features original production from Jah9 and live instrumentation from her band The Dub Treatment including Sheldon Bernard, Janoy Ellis, Omar “Jalanzo” Johnson, Aeion Hoillet, Andrew “Chako” Edwards & Fanso Craig.  The collection is mixed & dubbed by Hasani ‘Snysh’ Williams. This part two installment follows Jah9’s 2012 9mm Vol 1: Message Music, a precursor to her debut New Name.

9mm Vol. 2: Pre-Album Groundings is an introduction of what’s to come on 9 | 9 | 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9. Her self-produced sophomore album 9 is a combination of intellectual rigor, real world activism and lyrical musicality. The album’s first single “Humble Mi,” also featured on 9mm Vol 2., is available now.

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For those who’ve been waiting for Rasta consciousness to mount a resurgence in contemporary reggae, Jah9 is a figure of revelation. She first caught the attention of many with a string of singles including “Avocado,” “Steamers A Bubble,” “Jungle” and “Gratitude,” The singer-songwriter and producer boasts a soul and jazz inflected melodicism and possesses a fiery vigor in her dynamic live shows. Jah9 is also university graduate, a multidisciplinary yoga instructor, a youth at risk counselor and a celebrated poet.

www.Jah9.com

9mm Vol. 2: Pre-Album Groundings – Track Listing

  1. Fire Slaughter
  2. Avocado *9 Grams Per Serving
  3. Marijuana (prod. by Biggy Music)
  4. This is NOT a mixtape “K’nife”
  5. Listen (prod by Steam Chalice Records)
  6. Drunvalo Melchezidek
  7. Humble Mi (prod. by Lost Ark Music / Steam Chalice Records)
  8. She’s got a ticket (Tracy Chapman cover)
  9. Feeling Irie (prod by VP Records)
  10. Feme9 “K’nife”
  11. Unafraid (prod by Shamala Prod)
  12. Misunderstood (Nina Simone Cover) (prod. by Steam Chalice Records)
  13. Sizzla Kalonji Medley (prod. by Steam Chalice Records)
  14. Bloody City (prod by VP Records)
  15. H.I.M Haile Selassie I
  16. New Name (Ras Micheal Cover) (prod. by Steam Chalice Records)
  17. Ra Un Nefer Amen
  18. Outro – 9 “K’nife”

 

Tour Dates:

North America
July 23, 2016  ||  Portland, Oregon ||  NorthWest World Reggae Festival
July 24, 2016 || Seattle, Washington || Hale’s Ales Palladium ||
July 26, 2016 || Vancouver, Canada || Fortune Sound Club || YOGA ON DUB
July 27, 2016 || Vancouver, Canada || Fortune Sound Club
July 28, 2016 || Philadelphia, PA ||  One Arts Community Center w/ Akae Beka
July 29, 2016 ||  Rochester, NY || Abilene Bar & Lounge
July 30, 2016  ||  Toronto, Canada||  Island Soul Festival
July 31, 2016 || Ithaca, NY ||  Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons
August 2, 2016 || Manhattan, NYC || SOB’s
August 3, 2016 || Denver, Colorado || Mi Yard || YOGA ON DUB
August 4, 2016 || Denver, Colorado || The Roxy Theatre
August 5, 2016 || Humboldt, California || Reggae on the River

Europe
August 11, 2016 || San Vera, Italy || Dromos Festival
August 12, 2016 || Wien, Austria || Afrika Tage Festival
August 13, 2016 || Ostroda, Poland || Ostroda Reggae Festival
August 16, 2016 || Benicassim, Spain ||  Rototom Sunspash
August 17, 2016 || Brescia, Italy || Festa di Radio Onda d’Urto
August 19, 2016 || Geneva, Switzerland || Festival Plein Les Watts
August 26, 2016 || Hannovre, Germany || Pavillon Kulturzentrum w/ Sara Lugo
August 27, 2016 || Anvers, Belgium || Antwerp Reggae Festival
August 28, 2016 || Northhampshire, UK || Shambala Festival
September 3, 2016 || Chigwell, UK || One Love Sound Festival

Africa
September 9, 2016 || Nairobi, Kenya || The Alchemist
September 16, 2016 || Diani Beach, Kenya

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Short but Sweet: my set at the Health and Wellness Reggae Festival 2016

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Saturday, July 16 in Atlanta, I had the pleasure of performing once again at the historic Wren’s Nest.

My time on stage at this open-air festival was short but sweet. Lion of Judah Sound set the musical pace earlier and many great performers and bands hit the stage all day.

Take a listen or download.

Kahlil Wonda at Health and Wellness Reggae Festival

Reggae is larger than life. Click the image above to hear the audio.

ELECTRIC DANCEHALL

Hurry! Electric Dancehall Early Bird Ticket Price Ends This Friday

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You might want to jump on these $15 early-bird tickets for Electric Dancehall – Atlanta at WildPitch Music Hall.

These discounted tickets will be available until Friday, July 8th so you have 2 days to secure your spot and save $$.

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Electric Dancehall, A New Experience in Dance Music [Atlanta Event Alert]

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A new electronic dance music experience is coming soon.

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Lt. Stitchie Defends His Integrity After Being Slammed On A Florida Radio Station

 

 For Immediate Release May 25, 2016 Kingston, Jamaica Lt. Stitchie Defends His Integrity After Being Slammed On A Florida Radio Station

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Pastor, motivational speaker, author and iconic recording artist, Lt. Stitchie, is today defending his integrity after Brother Gary Smith, a popular gospel promoter, went on the radio and began tarnishing his name.

Brother Gary Smith hired Lt. Stitchie to perform at his annual memorial gospel festival which is scheduled to take place on May 28th and 29th. On both days the event is slated to begin at 5pm. Lt. Stitchie decided that instead of staying in his hotel room on Sunday the 29th, he will be attending church service at the Upper Room Tabernacle where he will share his testimony with the members. Brother Gary Smith was not happy with the Lieutenant’s decision as he apparently prefers that Stitchie remains in his room until show time. Hence, Brother Gary Smith took to the radio and began bashing Lt. Stitchie in a very disrespectful manner.

Surprised and disappointed by this, Lt. Stitchie has decided to withdraw from Brother Gary’s annual memorial gospel festival. He said that, “he is astonished that anyone who knows him would have a problem with him wanting to attend church, regardless if it is before or after a show he is booked to perform on.” He also stated that he will still be attending the Upper Room Tabernacle this Sunday, the 29th of May because he is a lover of Christ and will share his testimony whenever and wherever the opportunity presents itself.

Stitchie is also scheduled to preach at the 2016 Gospel Fest Cruisade happening tonight, May 25th, at New Alpha Worship Center in Miami Gardens and tomorrow, Thursday May 26th, under the tenth at Da Grill in Lake Worth.